Seeing Jack Rodwell’s name in the starting XI must send chills down the neck of every Sunderland fan.. or at least it did until Saturday.
Prior to The Black Cat’s 45 minute demolition of Crystal Palace, Jack Rodwell had failed to start a match in which his team have gone on to win since May 2013. That’s 38 games – the equivalent of over a full Premier League campaign!
What started as a monkey on his back, soon grew to chimpanzee-like proportions before morphing into a full blown gorilla as Sunderland’s recent relegation woes grew deeper and deeper.
That all changed at the weekend as Jack broke his winless streak but, as he well knows, football has a funny way of urinating into the proverbial lemonade you’ve finally managed to concoct with your Premier League lemons. 4-0 up at half-time, Jack could have been forgiven for thinking his luck had finally turned, but ce la vie, he was soon withdrawn with an injury.
It’s hard not to feel sorry for a player who was once tipped as one of England’s brightest prospects before signing up to Manchester City’s Kindergarten of Wasted Youth. If it makes him feel any better, he’s in good company with Gareth Bale enduring a similar run whilst at Tottenham; starting his career in North London without registering a win in 22.
Derby’s Darren Moore is the closest challenger to J-Rod with 29 forgettable moments in a row but Jack’s is an unwanted record that he may have to live with for a long, long time.
Watch a break down of Jack’s plight in the video below…